Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope

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Barack Obama's campaign rhetoric draws upon the idealistic traditions of the Western world. The "rhetoric of hope" is a form of political discourse characterized by a forward-looking vision of social progress brought about by collective effort and adherence to shared values (including discipline, temperance, self-reliance, a strong work ethic, and service to the community). 
By combining his own personal story (as the biracial son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya) with national mythologies like the American Dream, Obama creates a narrative persona that effectively embodies the moral values and cultural myths of his implied audience. 

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Mark S. Ferrara is an associate professor of English at State University of New York. He is the author of several books, including Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press).

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